Three weeks after surgery, I am completely free of my brace and crutches. I can bend my knee between 110-120 degrees (which has made spinning on my bike much more comfie). PT Jim told me that I can begin to increase my spinning time by 5 minute increments every day or two, in the hopes that I would be back up to spinning for an hour in two weeks.
I'm also allowed to use my bike shoes again (but no clipping out with the right leg) and I can put some tension back on the ol'trainer.
Besides working on the flexibility, Jim is working on rebuilding my quad strength. Since September, I haven't been able to do any squats or step-ups due to that pesky floating cartilage piece. Needless to say, the combination of little leg strength work and surgery have left my quads weak.
But, fitness that is lost can be rebuilt (this is what I have been telling myself for weeks now).
And so I keep plugging away.
Unfortunately, it does not look like I'll be ready to do my Leukemia & Lymphoma Society century bike ride in June (the Fletcher Flyer). But, the kind people at Team in Training reassured me that I could postpone the ride until the fall. Amazingly, I am only $30.00 short of my fundraising goal. The fundraising is almost complete - now I just have to get my body back in shape.